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How to Apply (Undergraduate)

You can apply for an undergraduate course at Oxford between 1 September and 15 October 2021 for entry in 2022 (or deferred entry in 2023). Applicants must complete a UCAS form before 18:00 UK time on 15 October. 

The admissions process at St. Peter’s follows a process common to all colleges. Tutors in each subject make purely academic judgements using subject-specific selection criteria and based on the university wide common framework for admissions decisions.  

Tutors at St Peter’s encourage applications from all over the world and from any suitably qualified applicants.  We only admit those academically able applicants with the most potential to excel. A great deal of effort therefore goes into assessing candidates’ achievement and potential fairly in the light of individual circumstances and taking all aspects of their applications into account. 

Many candidates and students have interests and abilities outside their academic studies. Nonetheless still being able to deliver outstanding academic results whilst enjoying those is critical to achieving their academic potential at Oxford. Extracurricular activities unrelated to your subject do not therefore form part of our selection criteria or selection process.

Applicants should ensure that they leave their school or college plenty of time to complete the reference section before the deadline. We will only accept late applications if there are exceptional circumstances. Please note that it is now too late to make an application to Oxford for courses starting in 2021.

Admissions to St Peter's are managed by the college's Academic Office, which is home to a dedicated team that looks after the whole admissions process at the college, from when you send in your UCAS form all the way through to when those of you who are successful arrive at St Peter's to start your course.

If you have any questions about applying to St Peter's, or about the college itself, please get in touch with us at admissions@spc.ox.ac.uk

Full information about application procedures is available on the University of Oxford website.

The following is a brief summary:

  • In order to apply for admission to the University as an undergraduate you will need to complete a UCAS application online between 1 September and 15 October, for entry the following October. Please refer to the UCAS website for instructions.
  • When making your application, you may choose one college of preference; alternatively you may submit an open application, in which case a college will be allocated to you by the Admissions Office computer.
  • Candidates planning to take a gap year, and therefore wishing to defer entry, should specify this on their application form rather than after they have been offered a place.
  • Depending on your chosen degree subject, you may have to submit some written work by 10 November. Some subjects ask candidates to take tests in early November, prior to the interview stage. You should check the arrangements for your subject in advance of making an application, as you must register for some of the tests in advance.
  • St Peter's will consider applications based on any type of recognised secondary education qualifications from any country.
  • If you are not a native speaker of English you will need to satisfy the University of Oxford's English language requirements.

The College runs a one-year Visiting Student programme for students from EU and overseas universities. Enquiries about the Visiting Student programme should be emailed to the Tutor for Visiting Students. You will find more information about arrangements for visiting students here.

The College also welcomes applications from students who have already completed a first degree at another university. See more information on Second undergraduate degrees on the University of Oxford website.

Here are some questions which we get asked frequently, with their answers below:

How do I pick a course?

Choose the subject that really interests you! We will expect you to work hard and we want you to enjoy your work. Don’t worry at this stage about your job prospects. You will learn all kinds of transferable skills during your degree course and these are what employers will value when the time comes.

Is it worth going to Open Days?

Yes, if you possibly can since we hope you will enjoy meeting tutors and other prospective students, but please note that it isn’t essential. It won’t make any difference to your chances of getting an offer. If you want to visit the college but can’t manage the official open days, do get in touch and we will try to find a time that suits you.

Can I take a Gap Year?

In principle, gap years are absolutely fine, and in general we think they are an excellent preparation for university, but in any given year we can’t offer too many deferred places so be prepared to try twice, i.e. once before you have taken your A Levels (or equivalent); then if you don’t get an offer try again after you have your results.

Any tips for my personal statement?

The golden rule here is not to say anything that you don’t want to talk about during your interview. Tutors will be much more likely to talk about the subject for which you have applied than about your personal statement, but all the same the opening question may well be about something you’ve mentioned so make sure you know about whatever it was! But, in general, don’t agonise too long over your UCAS statement. Write a draft, check the spelling and grammar, make a copy, and then get on with the real business in hand: working at your subject.

What are my chances of getting an interview?

This depends very much on the subject for which you are applying. Subjects that have quite small numbers of applicants (for example Archaeology and Anthropology) are likely to be able to invite most candidates. But we expect on average to interview three times as many people as we have places. You will need a reasonable GCSE profile (so some A*s help but you really don’t need 10!) and you should be predicted 3 A grades at A Level (or equivalent).

How should I prepare for an interview?

If we call you for interview we will send you some further information so you have an idea what to expect. The main things to remember are:·

  • What did you say on the personal statement on your UCAS form? (do keep a copy)
  • What did you say in any written work you were asked to send in? (again, keep a copy, think about the topic that it covered, and read round it)
  • We won’t expect you to be the Brain of Britain and to know all kinds of obscure facts. But do be prepared to show you can think ‘outside the box’ and have done more than the bare minimum in your subject.
  • Remember we will be looking for students who have intellectual stamina and curiosity and critical abilities.

But, we really don’t mind what you wear. Being nervous is normal. Don’t be afraid to ask tutors to repeat any question you didn’t understand.